Face Masks

Strange times indeed! On the upside, I finally have time to develop my long held dream of being a seamstress. Face masks are in demand now and I’ve been making plenty.

My masks are based on the Olson Mask pattern. This design has a built in pocket to allow for an extra filter (like a N95 filter) to be slid inside for extra protection.

This design also allows the wearer to replace the elastic should it wear out.

Thank goodness for my fabric stash! I’ve been using up all of my cotton fabric.

Even though these masks are for practical purposes, I still have to make them fashionable.

I’m selling masks for $10 each. If you would like to purchase some please leave a comment and I will email you.

For every ten masks sold I’m making one to donate to either health workers or those currently income deprived. The above two were given away.

Time to #stayhomeandsew!

Kitty Cookie

Josh and I adopted a cat from the Humane’s Society just before quarantine kicked in. She’s 10 years old and is a sweetheart. We named her Ursula after one of our favorite sci fi authors.

Today I knit up this cute little doughnut from the book Knits for Kitties.

I mixed in some catnip in with the stuffing. Ursula prefers toys that can be dragged so I added a little braid.

This is an easy pattern and has a lot of potential for customization.

Name: Desilu’s Donut
Pattern Source: Knits for Kitties
Craft: Knitting
Yarn: Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme Batik, Waffle Cone colorway
Needle Size: US 7/4.5 mm
Size: One size

New Wristwarmers

My last pair of fingerless gloves are currently in Taiwan. They’ll get mailed back to me eventually but in the meantime I’ve started a new pattern with this lovely yarn. I have two skeins which are 25% alpaca. These wristwarmers will be extra toasty. The color blend is utterly delightful as is its name-“Wicked Witch.”

The pattern is Spatterdash from Knitty. It’s a bit of a diva pattern because requires upmost concentration. Every time I take it to a knitting circle I inevitably have to tink back a row because I messed up. But if I’m knitting by myself the pattern zips along mistake free.

Cherry blossoms are blooming in Portland now so it looks like I’ll get these done just in time for the warmer temperatures of spring. Hail Eris!

Castor Oil Pack

Josh and I are officially settling into our new place in Portland. It’s good to be back. My fiber studio is slowly taking shape. First up was a simple sewing project. Castor oil has a lot of uses. But I was tired of soaking an old washcloth in it to make an oil pack. So I made a cloth one out of stash fabric.

This was a simple and quick project. I made the outer rectangles 8.5″ x 5.5″ and lined it with batting. Then I added three inner seams to compress the fabric and give it more maneuverability.

My friend Evi gave me a large plastic bin full of stash fabric as a welcome home gift. What a fabulous present!

In other news I scored this gem from a Facebook group:

I’ve wanted a Serger for years! This one was super cheap from a local woman who never grooved with it. The dust pile on the left is from sweeping out the lower region. Now that it’s cleaned I need to learn how to thread it. The ones at school were always pre-threaded so off to YouTube I go!